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Trump decries ‘fake news’ after ABC says ex-campaign manager ‘pleading guilty of manslaughter’

21 June, 2018 - 02:09

Preview ABC News was forced to issue a retraction after it aired graphics that falsely claimed US President Donald Trump’s disgraced former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, pleaded guilty to five counts of manslaughter.
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Climate Change Debate Takes New Turn As Questions Arise Over EPA Secret Science

21 June, 2018 - 00:51

By Brandon Turbeville, Natural Blaze The political theatre between climate change fanaticism and free market lack of regard for the environment is continuing apace and notably so with a recent move...

Convicted turtle trafficker goes international while on probation, gets caught again

21 June, 2018 - 00:40

Preview A South Carolina man previously convicted of turtle trafficking is facing jail time again for the same crime after pleading guilty to charges of smuggling up to $400,000 worth of protected reptiles from Hong Kong to the US.
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Boss of ‘hitmen army,’ who allegedly has the blood of 60 victims on his hands, extradited to Russia

21 June, 2018 - 00:17

Preview Alleged crime boss Aslan Gagiyev, who is suspected of being behind the murders of over 60 people, has been extradited to Russia from Austria. He is arguably the worst dealer of contract killings in Russia’s modern history.
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‘Get knocked up by FIFA players, win $$$ and Whoppers’: Burger King shamed for offensive ad

21 June, 2018 - 00:12

Preview Burger King has removed an ad from social media that promised Russian women a lifetime supply of Whoppers for getting pregnant from World Cup star players, saying that the PR-stunt was “too offensive.”
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Seven Islamist militants surrender in southern Algeria: ministry

21 June, 2018 - 00:09

Seven Islamist militants surrendered to Algerian authorities on Wednesday near the North African country’s border with Mali, the defence ministry said.

Security forces recovered arms including six Kalashnikov assault rifles, the ministry said in a statement.

Violence has declined in Algeria since the 1990s, when a conflict between the state and Islamist insurgents killed an estimated 200,000 people.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and small bands of fighters allied to Islamic State are still active in some remote areas.


Schmeichel praises Spain’s patience in breaking down defensive Iran (VIDEO)

20 June, 2018 - 23:59

Preview Special RT World Cup host Peter Schmeichel has given his expert analysis on a highly-charged encounter between Spain and Iran at Kazan Arena, which was decided by a dubious Diego Costa goal.
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Suarez secures win for Uruguay to lock out Egypt, Saudi Arabia

20 June, 2018 - 23:53

Luis Suarez scored on his 100th international appearance to send Uruguay through to the knockout stage along with hosts Russia as Saudi Arabia and Egypt were eliminated from Group A.

Suarez tapped in midway through the first half after keeper Mohammed Al-Owais failed to grab the ball on a corner. The goal put Uruguay second in Group A with a maximum six points behind hosts Russia.

Saudi Arabia, who have not won a World Cup game since their debut in 1994, have zero points, just like Egypt, who lost 3-1 to Russia on Tuesday.

Depending on the result of their last group game against Russia, Uruguay will take on either Spain, Portugal or Iran, who are still on course in Group B for a place in the quarter-finals.

Egypt has won seven continental championships, including three straight in 2006, 2008 and 2010, but is appearing in just its third World Cup.

This year’s journey started to seriously unwind two minutes into the second half, when Egypt’s captain, Ahmed Fathi, had a Russian cross deflect off his foot and scoot past the helpless Egyptian goalkeeper, Mohamed El-Shenawy, for the first goal of the game.

Uruguay have locked down a spot in the knockouts alongside Russia, which they will face on Monday 25th June at 15:00 GMT for the top spot in Group A.

Saudi Arabia will play Egypt simultaneously, hoping they can give a good account of themselves and leave Russia with their heads held high even after the initial drubbing from the hosts.

Volkswagon Caught Testing Diesel Exhaust on Monkeys

20 June, 2018 - 23:36

By Brandon Turbeville, Natural Blaze After horrible press, fines, and imprisonments, Volkswagon once again found itself in the middle of a controversy when it was revealed that the company was...

Declining IQ: A Race to the Bottom?

20 June, 2018 - 23:30

By the World Mercury Project In the U.S., plummeting SAT scores are one proxy indicator of cognitive fallout; the scores have been falling for over a decade and are at historically low levels,...

South Sudan's Salva Kiir and Riek Machar embrace at dinner hosted by Ethiopia PM

20 June, 2018 - 23:29

South Sudan’s president and rebel leader met on Wednesday for the first time since 2016, when a peace deal collapsed and fighting re-erupted between their forces, the Ethiopian prime minister’s chief of staff said.

“The PM Abiy Ahmed hosted a private dinner to President Salva Kiir & Dr Rieck Machar together,” Fitsum Arega said on his Twitter account.

HE PM Abiy Ahmed hosted a private dinner to President Salva Kiir & Dr Rieck Machar together. The two met for the first time in two years. Faced with the continued suffering in #SouthSudan, #Ethiopia simply can’t stand by. With more work, a peaceful future is possible in S. Sudan. pic.twitter.com/SxqXr5eswD— Fitsum Arega (@fitsumaregaa) 20 juin 2018

“Faced with the continued suffering in South Sudan, Ethiopia simply can’t stand by. With more work, a peaceful future is possible.”

Critical face-to-face meeting

The meeting had been billed by Ethiopia’s government a step towards ending a five-year-old civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people and forced more than three million to flee their homes in the world’s youngest country.

The oil-producing nation gained independence in 2011 from north Sudan but fighting broke out two years later.

Kiir and Machar met individually with Abiy before the three sat down together, South Sudanese opposition party officials and western diplomats said.

The Ethiopian government has been a key actor in the regional bloc IGAD’s faltering peace process for South Sudan.

I will be joining other regional leaders for the IGAD-led South Sudan peace process in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia tomorrow. Regional security remains an important factor to our national peace and development. WilliamsRuto https://t.co/ihyFpYmux3— Uhuru Kenyatta (UKenyatta) 20 juin 2018

Regional leaders will meet on Thursday to discuss the South Sudan peace process as they seek to finalise a conclusive peace deal before the African Union Summit on July 1.

What will it take to have lasting peace?

A ceasefire the warring sides signed in the Ethiopian capital in December was violated hours later.

“This is a last-ditch attempt but a serious one to broker a deal,” said Alan Boswell, an independent researcher on South Sudan.

South Sudan gov’t, rebels killed civilians despite December ceasefire

“The concern is that it’s not at all obvious how they will prevent the catastrophe of 2016 from recurring, since the framework for the deal is not substantially different than it was in the 2015 deal.”

That deal collapsed in the summer of 2016, when Machar’s return to Juba led to the resumption of fighting between his forces and the army in which hundreds died.

It had envisioned the armed rivals sharing power in the run-up to an election.

Activists on Wednesday urged the two sides to reach a sustainable peace agreement.

“At this critical moment where our nationhood and our collective future is at stake, we remind you of your moral and political obligations to meaningfully reconcile with each other as well as with all other political leaders in our country,” South Sudanese Civil Society Forum said in a statement.

ALSO READ: South Sudan president forgives exiled ex-deputy, asks him to return

At least ten people killed in Zambia mine dump collapse

20 June, 2018 - 23:27

At least 10 subsistence miners were killed when a mine dump collapsed in Zambia’s second-largest city and copperbelt mining hub Kitwe, police said on Wednesday.

“So far, we have retrieved 10 dead bodies and seven bodies of those injured,” said Copperbelt province police commissioner Charity Katanga.

Operations to retrieve bodies at the dump, known locally as Black Mountain, were ongoing, she added.

Zambia has some of the world’s largest copper reserves.

The metal accounts for 80 percent of the country’s export earnings.

High levels of unemployment have forced people to resort to illegal mining.


Australian woman wins right to use dead boyfriend’s sperm to have children

20 June, 2018 - 22:29

Preview A woman in Queensland, Australia, has won the right in court to have children using her dead partner’s sperm. She still has to persuade the medics for the procedure to go ahead.
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Royal welcome? Trump to meet the Queen after all during his UK visit, ambassador says

20 June, 2018 - 22:22

Preview US President Donald Trump will meet with Queen Elizabeth during his visit to the UK next month, says the US ambassador to London. The “very symbolic” meeting would come despite the royal family's chilly attitude toward Trump.
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England fans give Nazi salutes, sing Hitler song in World Cup city invaded during WWII (VIDEO)

20 June, 2018 - 22:20

Preview A video showing a group of England fans giving sickening salutes and singing Nazi songs in the World Cup host city of Volgograd, in which nearly 2 million people died during WWII, has appeared online.
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Circle closed: Merkel, Macron want EU border states to deal with refugees after quota system failure

20 June, 2018 - 22:19

Preview With no end in sight to the EU refugee crisis, Berlin and Paris look to put the burden of dealing with asylum seekers on the countries where they first register. The seeming return to ‘old rules’ is poised to split Europe further.
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Time for the Big One? Research suggests risk of California earthquake higher than previously thought

20 June, 2018 - 22:02

Preview Geophysicists are hypothesizing that the San Andreas fault line in California could be the central point of a massive earthquake after new research suggested that the fault may be at higher risk than previously thought.
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Exiled Ginbot 7 seeks to return and pursue 'a peaceful struggle' in Ethiopia

20 June, 2018 - 22:02

An Eritrean based rebel group, Patriot Ginbot 7 (PG7) has declared that it wants to return to Ethiopia to pursue a peaceful struggle, local media portal Addis Standard reported on Wednesday.

In a statement confirmed by PG7 leader, Dr. Bernahu Nega, the party said they have been encouraged by reforms undertaken by the new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed.

Nega was recently pardoned by Ethiopia’s attorney general, along with Jawar Mohammed, a prominent Oromo activist. They had been accused of leading the 2015 anti-government protests, charged under the country’s anti-terrorism laws.

The party says it ‘will renounce its act of self defense’ and return to Ethiopia if Abiy’s government continues on the path of eliminating repressive laws and building democratic institutions.

Abiy’s political reforms

The government recently started talks with 13 political parties to amend sections of the anti-terrorism law. Abiy has also continued to implement reforms including asking exiled opposition groups to return home.

Ethiopia PM, ODF leaders agree to foster national unity

Abiy also played a role in the pardon of Andargachew Tsige who was sentenced to death in absentia in 2009 over his role in the opposition group PG7. He had been arrested in Yemen and extradited to Ethiopia five years later.

In an interview with the CGTN Africa network two days after his release, Tsige said he was still mentally weighed down by the complexities of the country’s politics.

The PG7 statement added that they are interested in civilised politics and are keenly following the ongoing reforms, as they seek ways to contribute practical steps.

“Civilized politics” is the struggle that we know, we chose & we wish” PG7 said in the headline of the statement, further adding if the government of PM #AbiyAhmed continues ensuring the ongoing reform with practical steps, “our belief is more than [civilized politics]” #Ethiopia pic.twitter.com/0bZepUCCsT— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) June 20, 2018

Spain overcome spirited Iran 1-0 to claim World Cup win in Kazan

20 June, 2018 - 21:54

Preview Spain beat a spirited Iran team 1-0 in Kazan to claim their first World Cup win in Russia and move level on four points at the top of Group B with Portugal.
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‘There are trigger points’: FIFA technology head explains VAR system to Peter Schmeichel (VIDEO)

20 June, 2018 - 21:20

Preview Russia 2018 is the first large-scale introduction of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) but how does the new system work exactly? RT’s Peter Schmeichel was given a crash course in the cutting-edge technology.
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